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May 17, 2012 9:00pm PDT
appeared at the hearing with her colleague andy coulson, editor of news of the world. >> bergman: what was the run-up to that? why were they appearing before you? >> we were doing a report on privacy and media intrusion. the issue of how you set about getting information is also of course a matter of importance. it was just a hunch. you know, sometimes you just have a hunch in politics. do either of your newspapers ever use private detectives, ever bug or pay the police? >> we have paid the police for information in the past and it's been... >> andy coulson, who was sitting beside her, tried to say, "but only within the law," and i pointed out, "but it's a criminal offense." it's corrupting a police officer, suborning a police officer. >> the same holds for private detectives, for subterfuge, for video... whatever you want to talk about. it's illegal for police officers to receive payments. >> no, no, no, we don't-- as i said, within the law. >> and then the chairman decided to close the meeting, for some bizarre reason. i would have much preferred to have been able to carry on. >> tha
May 31, 2012 12:30am PDT
news day on the bbc, live from singapore and london. still to come, andy coulson is charged over perjury allegations. >> let's take a quick look at the newspapers from around the world. the herald tribune asks if spain is rescued, who foots the bill? the financial times says the response to the crisis is the reason why investors are fleeing to safe havens, plunging u.s. borrowing costs to post-war lows. brussels has put francois hollande on notice, saying the european commission is concerned about his economic agenda. a problem usually associated with the west is moving east. the south china morning post says that hong kong's aging population is accelerating. it could hinder development. a former chef to queen elizabeth has revealed her very normal male habits. -- meal habits. >> this is newsday on the bbc. i am in singapore. >> i am in london. the free syrian army has issued a 48 hour ultimatum to the government to pull its troops out of towns and cities. >> borrowing costs in spain have risen to new highs. to the level that forced greece to seek a bailout. the world economic fo
May 10, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. david cameron's former director of to medications, andy coulson, has appeared for an inquiry into press standards. under questions about whether he had relationships with his previous employers, it was alleged that he kept $60,000 of the company's shares without telling downing street. sony has reported its biggest loss in a year. they say the effect of last year's earthquake and tsunami are continuing to cause problems in its supply chain. now to norway where a court has been hearing more shocking testimony from survivors of anders breivik's shooting rampage. 1 of the witnesses, a 19-year- old, described him as calm and stone-faced. we have been following the events in court. >> two weeks into his trial, anders breivik continues to show no remorse, no hint of a motion. it was the same today as court room 250 heard more harrowing testimony survivors spoke of chaos and killing on at the paradise island. he had shot 14 of his victims by the pump house. this man was there. he survived by jumping into the lake. today in court, he sought again the man that tried to kill him. >> i had to take
May 10, 2012 6:00am EDT
? >> can't i just set up little context here? the key question that we have followed from andy coulson going to conservative party officers and director of communicate and, is who knew what when? so who knew what went under andy coulson's involvement in phone hacking, whenever we got to the bottom of that. and as of november, long time back, six months ago, there was some issue of his financial settlement with news international in the aftermath of the clive goodman and glenn mulcaire convictions. and that clearly, if that's not an ongoing financial relationship, that is a matter of great significance in which the issue of who knew what when, and that is the key question, not getting the sharp end of the inquiry, demands to be answered. now, my job as an editor of a newspaper is to put in the public domain the key question that has to be answered in this affair. and that's the key question, that has to be answered as we go forward in this. and i think, putting that in the public mind before coulson gives evidence is perfect defense spin it misses the point, doesn't it, the answer, because yo
May 11, 2012 9:00am EDT
you part of the proceedings from yesterday. the committee from andy coulson who served as communications director for british prime minister cameron from 2010-2011. prior to that he was an editor for "news of the world" in 2003 to 2007. he discussed relationships with number of politicians including george osborn and david cameron. we will show you what we can and give we are able to reestablish our signal from the uk we will bring you that live on c-span2. >> thank you. [inaudible conversations] >> your full name. >> andy coulson. >> please turn off your witness statement dated the first of may of this year. look at the last paragraph you will see a signature which is yours. a statement of truth given within the constraints imposed on you by the ongoing police investigation. is that right? >> yes. >> a short time line of your career. you started working as a journalist in 1989. is that correct? >> yes. >> between 1994-1998 you educated the bazaar column of "the sun". in the year 2000 you were deputy editor of "news of the world" under rebekah brooks. january of 2003 you w
May 13, 2012 9:40pm EDT
next, highlights from britain's phone hacking ingrate with testimony from andy coulson. coulson.
May 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
the latest case connected to allegations of phone hacking in rupert murdoch 's media empire. andy coulson served as editor of murdoch's now defunct news of the world tabloid before working for cameron and now being held for questioning over evidence to give as a witness and the 2010 perjury trial of the scottish politician tommy sheridan. mitt romney has officially wrapped up the republican presidential nomination following his primary win in texas. bronner's opponents had already conceded the race, but his texas victory formally gives him the more than 1100 delegates needed for the nomination. he will be formally nominated at the republican convention in florida in august. a group of roughly two dozen african american pilots have sued united airlines saying they have been passed over for promotions because of their ethnicity. filed in san francisco federal court, pilots said united continental holdings, the parent of united airlines, discriminates against persons of color. the complete says almost all african american employees of the company are in non management roles. new figu
May 25, 2012 5:00pm EDT
david cameron's former communications director andy coulson asked how close he was a former news of the world editor rebekkah brooks and rupert murdoch. this portion is just over an hour. >> you're full name, please. >> andy coulson. >> please your statement dated the first of may this year. look at the last paragraph and underneath you will see a signature which is yours. the statement is given with and the constraints posed by the ongoing police investigation and is that right? >> yes. >> first of all a short time line of your career you started working as a journalist in 1989. is that correct? 1994 to 1998 he edited the bizarre column at the sun; is that right? >> yes. >> in the year 2000 you were deputy editor in news of the world under rebecca way. january 2003 were appointed editor of news of the world. the 26 the visionary, 2007 you resigned around june, 2007 the exact date when you give your evidence you were appointed director of communications to the conservative party; is that right? >> yes. >> you started work i think of the ninth of july, 2007, and after the last general el
May 30, 2012 2:00am PDT
custody by scottish police. seven officers showing up at andy coulson's home this morning. he's being investigated for allegedly committing perjury at a trial in 2010. coulson's already free on bail in the phone hacking scandal has unfolding right now in the uk. >>> a new meaning to the term drive-thru when 23-year-old michael smith realized his taco bell drive-thru order wasn't complete, he hit the gas and rammed his car through the window of the restaurant in ohio. running into the building over a taco, pretty surprised. >> oh, no, call you not idiot or rocket scientist, never running through a window, that's for sure. >> they got him his missing taco too. police were able to find smith at his home by following the trail of motor fluid dripping from his damaged car after he left the scene tuesday. smith was charged with felony vandalism. >>> baseball's home run king barry bonds, insert asterisk here, wants to get back in the game even though he's a convicted felon now. bonds says he's talked to the san francisco giants about working with the team in some capacity once his legal trou
May 10, 2012 9:00am EDT
the relationship between the press and celebrities, politicians and the police. more than 250 witnesses have testified before the inquiry including harry potter author j.k. rowling, actor hugh grant and james and rupert murdoch. again, live coverage of the leveson inquiry expected in just a moment with testimony from andy coulson, former prime minister david cameron's communication director. .. >> [no sound] >> [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] >> so this afternoon's witness is mr. coulson. >> thank you. >> your full name please, mr. coulson. >> andrew coulson. >> please turn up your witness statement which is dated may of this year. look at the last paragraph, and underneath it you will see a signature which is yours, statements of truth. the statement of truth is given within the constraints imposed on you by the ongoing police investigation, is that right? >> yes, sir. >> first of all, in terms, short timeline of your career, you start working as a journalist in 1989, is that correct? >> yes. >> between 1994-1998 you edited the column at -- is that right? >> yes. >> in the year 2000, you are deputy editor of the "news of the world" under rebekah wade, as she then was, is that correct? >> yes. >> january 2003 you were appointed editor of the world to the 26th of january 2007 you resigned. around june 2007, you were appointed director of communications to the conservative party, is that right? >> yes. >> you started work i think on the night of july 2007, and after the last general election i think on the 12th of may 2010, you were appointed director of communications at downing street, is that correct? >> yes, sir. >> you resigned as director of communications on the 26th of january, 2011. can ask you this general question first of all, mr. coulson. there were reports about you have been keeping a personal diary of alexander campbell, which might be a contemporaneous record between july '07 and january 2011, is that correct or not? [inaudible] >> in terms of how your witness statement has been prepared you've had to rely on your memory, self evidently. are there any other documents you have access to which might have assisted? >> there's some notes that i would take, the course of my work. both from opposition and from government. >> so these are computer records, are they? >> no, not books spent have you had access to those notebooks when you take your statement or not? >> yes. >> you have been arrested in connection with operation weeping. sal not asking questions on those matters, do you understand? i ask you some background questions. it's clear from the statement that you were or perhaps our close friends of rebekah brooks, is that right? >> yes. we haven't spoken for a while. >> ask you about the frequency of your interaction, particularly after july 2007, about how often did you speak to her? >> it would depend. i think i scheduled meetings with matt, social meetings that we had, but we would talk now and then. i wouldn't say even that we spoke every week. there were times when we didn't speak for quite some time. but it was i would say that we spoke over, over that period of time, regularly i think is the word i would use. >> did you communicate by text message with her? >> occasion. >> by e-mail? >> occasionally. >> and then -- [inaudible] , is that right? >> yes. >> wouldn't be fair to say that you knew what each other's respective political standpoints were? >> she knew i worked for the conservatives so that was pretty clear. as to her political allegiances, you know, in terms of her period of editorship at "the sun," she was supportive of the right labour party. she was also chief executive when "the sun" change its allegiance to the conservative party. as to her personal views, or personally believes them how she voted i have no idea. >> you have any insight into her personal political beliefs or not? >> not beyond the odd conversation we have had. i guess the question is, if i might be so bold, how did she vote, i have no idea. >> was she someone who you felt was close to certain politicia politicians? >> yes. i think the course of her work she was close to politicians. >> we'll come to that in a moment. when you took over as editor of the "news of the world" in 2003, which aspects of the culture there, if any, did you want to change? >> i don't remember i wanted to change any of the cultural aspects. the name changed it instigated on becoming editor was a cosmetic one. i wanted to redesign the paper. >> you worked at both papers, "the sun" and the "news of the world." are there any differences in the culture of those two papers or not in your view of? >> in so much as one is a daily paper, so the pace of the paper is very different. the atmosphere is different to a degree, certainly on certain dates of the week. if you try to find a comparison between the "news of the world," the newt -- that's the you are producing the newspaper. >> your dealings with mr. rupert murdoch as editor, looking at a period of 2003-2007, about how often would you speak with the editor, do you think? >> i can't put a number on it but he would usually call on a saturday night, sometimes it would be made a couple times in a month. sometimes you might go a couple months without hearing from them. so it was, i think i would describe it as a regular, and almost always, irregular. always a saturday phone call. aside from the occasional news international when he was in london, or when i would go to new york or london with all the other editors for budget discussions. [inaudible] what in particular was it a? >> in terms of the specific content i don't have any conversations with him and initially about a particular part of the paper. we did talk about sports pages. the company had made a big investment in expanding the size of the sports pages, sports coverage of the "news of the world." and that was a fundamentally important part of a commercial mix of the paper. we, i'm sure we discussed that and we discussed politics generally, and he would give me his view on what ever was in the news at the time may be. >> we know mr. murdoch was interest in football because he tried to buy united. he wasn't interested in scoops and frontpage is? >> in these conversations i might tell him if we had a good story, what we are planning to run that night, but not always welby any measure. >> wasn't interested in stories might impact on the success, the circulation figures of the newspaper? >> in so much as sport was a good example. i mean, in terms of driving "news of the world," you know, the sport was crucial. it also had a massive impact on sort of the physical production of the paper. so that was, i certainly remember having that conversation. news international invest in some very expensive presses during my time as editor, and i had real concerns that those prices, although are successful in some regards, would impact on the production of the paper, particularly the sports coverage. he wouldn't get the right teams coach into the right area, for example. i certainly remember discussing that. >> you bring in the conversation quite round neutral topics such as sports. duty as she questions directly about circulation figures? >> he may well have done, yeah. >> and during the sporadic telephone calls, usually from new york presumably, on a saturday, did he ask you, well, how is the circulation going? >> not always, no. >> but often? >> i certainly do remember a occasions when he did but it wasn't, i wouldn't want to characterize as the main purpose of the goal. it's quite often he wouldn't even mention it. >> both you and he were unaware of sort of factors that might impinge on the circulation figures of the paper, is that correct? >> yes. my job as editor was to produce a successful newspaper. >> when you said you discuss the political issues of the day, where these quite general discussions about issues such as europe, european referendum, or whatever it might be? >> yes. i mean, europe wasn't at big issue for "news of the world" perhaps like some. >> did he discuss the politicians of the day at how well they were doing in your eyes is? >> on occasion, yes or. >> did you have a sense that he wanted to find out how political opinion in this country was moving? >> i don't recall the sort of specific conversation in that way. >> but in general, mr. coulson, i'm not asking you to identify a moment or a particular conversation. but in general did you have any sense of that? >> i might well in the course of the conversation offer a few. normally relate to a particular issue rather than the sort of longer-term picture. >> during this period, 2003-2007, were you particularly interested in politics or not? >> yes. >> and although your paper may not have adopted its position, your own personal position throughout has been pro-conservative, is in its? >> we supported labour under my leadership of the "news of the world." >> your own personal? >> how i voted. >> i'm not seeking to be so personal as to ask you what did you go. i just want to seek your general perspective. generally speaking conservative, is that right? >> yes. [inaudible] but i am, yes, i think that's fair to say. >> do you feel it was part of your job as editor, perhaps in any event, to assess the political mood of the country and in particular how the country was likely to vote in the next general election? >> i did my job as editor was, as best i could, to establish whether "news of the world" readership was, in terms of politics and certain issues. >> to lead or follow? >> trying to reflect, sir. >> so in that sense, to follow? >> yes. i think more follow than lead, i would say. there were some issues, as an editor, you would want to champion and, therefore, i think probably aim to lead opinion. but i think generally speaking, a successful newspaper is one that is in tune with its readership. >> so there's something she can't get them to do but there's something she could get them to do, if the course is right, politicians or other reader? >> no, i don't even get readers to do anything. i then tried to buy the paper. >> all right, all right. you have to have an understanding of where they are so that when you decide that you do want to promote a particular cause to go into leadership mode, that it is sufficiently in tune with where you know they are, that it doesn't cause you trouble is? >> yes. you wanted to to be online as much as possible. >> that's what i is trying to get at. the exercise tends to be unscientific. you have a very large readership, 3 million people are buying the paper, obviously a whole range of opinion within that readership, is that right? >> that's right. >> do you take opinion polls, on a rudimentary basis, of what you're readership would likely devote? >> pretty rudimentary. some market research i occasionally get access to. >> would you describe your overall relationship with mr. murdoch as being worn or something different? >> i was an employee and i thoroughly enjoyed my time working for him. and so the interactions i had with them, yes, he was warm and supportive. >> so warm towards you and vice versa, is that it's? >> i wasn't particularly close to him in that regard. i wouldn't overstate it. he was supportive to me as an editor, and i enjoyed working in his company. >> the rumor is you turn down the editorship of the "daily mirror" upon the resignation of mr. moore gone. if he did, that might reflect on your loyalty to mr. murdoch, but did you? >> there were conversations towards the possibility of me becoming the editor of the "daily mirror." i chose not to do so. >> the one general election which came in your watch as it were from 2005 election, the same paragraph 40 at the statement, in the end you decided to continue the paper support of tony blair. why in the end? >> well, it was sort of a long process really. i had a range of meetings in the lead up to the election, the conference, outsider conference and i overtime together with my team at the "news of the world" decided in the end that we would continue to support tony blair. >> did you believe that he would probably win that election? >> well, it wasn't the key factor in the decision to the key factor in the decision, as i touched on earlier, once i felt the "news of the world" readers best interests would be best served by tony blair. but if you read the leader of the time, i think it was, i don't think it was wildly enthusiastic. but i think on balance we felt that that was the best way to go. >> would you say he reflected the mood of the country of the time i suspected? >> possibly. >> did you take advice about who might win that election? >> no. >> from your political -- >> sorry. in terms of advice, we had some sort of pretty detailed conversations about it. and that would certainly involve the political staff. i was keen also to involve members of staff who didn't work in politics, who didn't understand westminster, who worked interest in that world. so i think we worked in different departments in the magazine and features and what have you. >> did you have discussions with rebekah wade about it is? >> no, i don't think so. in terms of editorship of "the sun," and the editorship of the "news of the world," they are separate, or they were, separate papers. and it was sort of a clear line drawn between the two. there was a rivalry also actually. between the two. and so i wouldn't have had, i don't think it, i certainly don't remember any conversations with rebekah about that issue spent so "the sun"'s endorsement of the labour party would have been a surprise to you then, we? >> i don't know if it's a surprise. i survey didn't make any part in the discussion spent did you have any discussion with mr. rubert murdoch about endorsing? >> i don't know. but i don't remember anyway. >> wouldn't you though what to find out whether what you were doing was contrary to his viewpoint? >> i didn't have a conversation with him. eyed over number one, but i think it happened about 2005 election. i followed my own path. and i don't feel, you know sitting here now, that i was pushed or encouraged or certainly told to go a certain way. i remember the process quite well, and i was determined that we would spend a reasonable amount of time with politicians from both parties, and then we would make up our own minds. >> move forward to october 2005, conservative party conference. there were five candidates standing for the leadership, you will recall that, mr. coulson. >> yes. >> you tell us in a statement that you met mr. david cameron there at a dinner hosted by les hinton. do you recall? >> yes. >> wiki soon your preferred candidate for the leadership is? >> certainly not that stage. i mean, i had taken the time to look back at some "news of the world" traditions around that period, and i don't think that the "news of the world" ever explicitly supported mr. cameron in the leadership that i think we dashed a i don't think we explicitly support anyone but we employed at that stage william hague as a columnist, and i think that mr. haig expressed a preference. of course, he then went -- [inaudible] >> from your own personal perspective was he your preferred candidate for the leadership? >> i don't think i formed at that stage a clear view. i found a leader actually as i is looking at this issue. i found a leader from the "news of the world" where we suggested that it was, he is to win. and i think, i haven't anything to the contrary, i think that's as far as it went. so it certainly went against them, put it that way. >> december '05 and january '07, was the "news of the world" clearly moving towards supporting the conservative party at the next election? >> i don't think so. i mean, the "news of the world" under my editorship, they came out with a headline -- [inaudible] i don't think that was especially helpful to mr. kamen. i don't think that, i don't think that that is the case. >> on page 34 of your statement, agenda for your meetings with politicians around this time, can you make it clear, at no point in any of these conversations was a potential sport of the "news of the world" discuss nor indeed were any commercial issues. by commercial issues presenting direct business or commercial interest in news international, do you? >> yes. >> did you discuss these would nonetheless impact on the impact of interest, pardon me, on the press more generally such as conditional agreements, a perfect sentencing for breaches of the protection act, those sorts of vicious? >> i don't, i don't recall doing so, no. >> human rights act, was that a frequent topic of conversation? >> that may have come up in conversation. yes, it's possible. >> in the context of the human rights act, were you in the school of the camps that freedom of the press was to take presidents for certain individual? >> on a believer of the freedom of the press, yes speak so there were conversations about the human rights act. it's clear what your positions would have been? >> i'm certainly a greater -- a believer in the freedom of the press. that much is true. >> in the same period, december '05-january '07, as regards your dealings with politicians, would it be fair to say that it was a clear subtext of your dealings with senior politicians of all three main parties, they were keen to know whether the "news of the world" would support a? >> no. sort of explicit issue of who you support us has never been asked, was never asked by me during that time. directly, no. >> clear subtext, the way i put it. >> well, i think they, politicians from both sides in those conversations were seeking to get their message across, and hope that it would be received by us in a positive light. >> usually in human interaction one knows what the other person wants out of it. it's not rocket science, is it. this is the clear subtext of your conversations with politicians, isn't it a? >> the agenda for me was to work out in the course of the conversation whether or not the party or the politician or the party he represents would best serve the interest of these readers. i had some idea as to what kind of, what constituted that. >> do you think that politicians you spoke to knew that you are a conservative party supporter? >> i don't know. >> you refer to a conversation with mr. brown in 2006 am a labour conference, d.c. that? paragraph 36. >> yes. >> if it was at the labour conference in manchester that year, we knew because it was announced that mr. blair would be leaving within the year and, therefore, in all probability mr. brown would be the next prime minister. are you with a? >> i think that was a given, yeah. >> he said to you, are you say, i remember that meeting well because mr. brown told me, had it on very good authority that river burdock would appoint me as editor of "the sun" when rebekah was promoted. you see that? >> yes. >> he was effectively telling you that he was already, rupert murdoch's decision one, that rebekah wade would be promoted, and that too, you would be inclined to be the next editor of "the sun." >> that's what he was saying, yes. [inaudible] >> because i didn't. frankly, believe that river burdock would've had a conversation conversation with him. >> but why not? he was close to mr. brown, wasn't he? >> my understanding of how news international works in terms of appointments of editors is that he would not have involved a conversation to either that stage by the way because it was sometime after that that rebekah was promoted, quite sometime after that. and also i just didn't believe it. i came away believing that this was an attempt by mr. brown to sort of impress on me his closeness to mr. murdoch. and i, quite frankly i didn't believe it. >> it was certainly an attempt by mr. brown to impress on you his proximity to mr. murdoch. that's clear. that was the strong message he was transmitting to you. his two predictions were right, weren't they? >> his two predictions were right. i did become the editor of "the sun." i would say his predictions go, -- [inaudible] >> you might have become the rebekah was promoted, took the -- >> she was sometime later, yes. >> you refer then to mr. osborne, you say you met with him in 2005, this is paragraph 37 -- >> yes. >> did you get on well with mr. osborne? >> i got a long fun. we didn't spend a lot of time together but i remember having a cup of coffee with him at that conference spent in paragraph 38 specifically with a story which was published in the "news of the world" in october 2005? >> yes. >> you asked to do with it and your witness statement, which you have done. can we just understand the context, where or what the sunday mirror, also published the same story? >> yes, i'm not sure at what point i was aware the sunday mirror was going to publish the story. but they did publish the same story. >> on the same sunday? >> yes. >> and you could anticipate that the sunday near his position would be quite hostile to george osborne, couldn't you? >> well, i did know, i'm not sure that i knew that the republishing it so i haven't given any thought. but if so i think it's a given the sunday mirror was a left-leaning newspaper. so in my opinion more critical -- >> we are going to leave our live coverage of inquiry into british phone hacking out as the u.s. senate is about to gavel in. you should know you can continue watching with this testament on phone hacking life right now online at also, we will show this again in its entirety later on the c-span networks and it will be available anytime today at we mention, the u.s. senate is about to gavel in. more work expected on a bill that would prevent the doubling of student loan interest rates. lawmakers may take up a bill reauthorizing the u.s. export-import bank. and now live to the senate floor here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. eternal god, the protector of nations, hallowed be your name. give this day to the members of this legislative body such self-discipline that they will choose not what they wish but what they ought. give them also the strength of will so that they may accept the right, however difficult it is, and refuse the wrong, however attractive it may be. lord, give them the wisdom to pray for each other, not only for those with whom they agree but also for those whom they might disagree. impart to them a unity of spirit as they deal with the diversity of ideas. we pray in your gracious name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, may 10, 2012. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable tom udall, a senator from the state of new mexico, to perform the duties f the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader is recognized. mr. reid: i move now to proceed to calendar number 396, h.r. 2072. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: motion to proceed to calendar number 396, h.r. 2072, an act to reauthorize the export-import baipg of the united states and for other purposes. mr. reid: mr. president we're now on the motion to proceed to the ex-im bill. i hope we can pass the bill today. i haven't had an opportunity today to speak to the republican leader, but i'll do that shortly and will decide if there's a way forward on that. so i ask unanimous consent that the next hour be divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees with the majority controlling the first half and the republicans controlling the second half. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the goral is recognized. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the call of the quorum be terminated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, on a strong bipartisan vote yesterday, the house passed a piece of commonsense job-creating legislation, the reauthorization of the 130er9 -e export-import bank. for many, many years, this legislation has helped american companies grow and sell their products overseas, creating tens of thousands of jobs, and for years the bank has enjoyed broad bipartisan support. it passed by unanimous consent on one occasion and by voice vote on another occasion. it is a perfect example of the kind of smart investments congress should be making to spur job growth. so i hope the senate will be able to quickly approve the house-passed measure today and do it by unanimous consent. i'm optimistic that the 330-93 vote in the house yesterday will be enough to convince senate republicans they shouldn't hold up this legislation any longer. 330-93. the process of reauthorizing the export-import bank has taken too long. i hope we don't have to file cloture on this matter, but i will, if we must. let me remind you, mr. president ... the senate considered reauthorizing this important legislation in march, two months ago. senate republicans had an opportunity to support the measure then. instead, all but three opposed it, and the measure failed. the american exporters have already waited in limbo for two months to see whether republicans would come around to backing this business friendly, job-creating issues. businesses shouldn't have to wait longer. we can't afford more of the partisan obstruction we saw on this commonsense legislation last march. to get to the president's desk, this congress and every piece of legislation that we pass must get to his desk or it doesn't become law. so to do that, we need democratic votes and republican votes. that's just a reality. and it means we absolutely must work together if we want to get anything done. one man who's always been willing to extend a hand to colleagues across the aisle is the senior senator from indiana, richard lugar. his first priority has always been getting things done for the american people. whether that means keeping the world safe from nuclear war or working it out for who is aers back home -- or looking out for hoosieprs back home t. lugar of georgia -- i'm sorry, lugar of indiana and nunn of georgia, important legislation. he's been an advocate for people of indiana as well as dedicated student of international affairs. he's never miss add meeting that i have -- i have the opportunity to call meetings with foreign dignitaries and he's always there sitting at the table. senator lugar has always put the american people in my estimation first and his political party second. i was elected to the senate to serve each and every nevadan, not only democrats -- though i'm proud to be one. senator lugar was elected to serve every hoosier regardless of political affiliation. throughout the history of this country, even in the most trying times, that's times of great social and political unrest, our elected representatives have worked together despite their differences to do what's right for all meps. so i worry when i see dedicated patriots like senator lugar thrown out by tea party zealots for being too unwilling to cooperate. but that's what happened on tuesday. i worry when i hear a candidate of the u.s. senate campaigning against bipartisanship and compromise between their two parties. that's really what he did. so there's too much compromise in the congress, but that's what happened on tuesday. and i worry when a candidate for u.s. senate says that he'll put party before compromise. but that's what happened on tuesday. that's nothing to be produced, mr. president. that kind of attitude is why longtime political observer obss describe today's g.o.p. as scornful at compromise. it is why my friend senator lugar said this morning in his concession speech -- i'm sorry, not this morning, as my friend senator lugar said yesterday in his concession speech, "bipartisanship is not the principle. one can be i have conservative and very liberal and still have a bipartisan mind-set. such are a mind-set being a nonls that the other party is also patriotic and they have some good ideas." "bipartisan is not the opposite principle. one can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mind-set. such a mind-set also acknowledges that the other party is also pie trotic and may have some good ideas." we should all remember regardless of our party that it's been the hallmark of this country for more than 200 years, compromise. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i certainly share my friend, the majority leader's views, about senator lugar's record but i would remind myself colleagues that he has 18 months to be among us and to serve this country and i think an appropriate time to celebrate his outstanding career would be when it comes to an end here in the senate. with regard to what's been going on here in the senate, the problem clearly is the majority, which seems not to be interested in accomplishing anything but, rather, turning the senate floor into an opportunity for showboats for the president and his campaign. earl whyer iearlier this week, the president had a post-it note for congress. he said he did not want to overload congress. unfortunately besides the weekly political showboats to which i just referred to coincide with the president's campaign schedule, the work that needs to be done isn't. no budget, nothing to prevent the largest tax hike in history, and house-passed bills sitting in the hopper. and while the president is trying to manufacture arguments that he can run on, house republicans have spent the last year and a half voting on and passing energy and jobs bills. in fact, more than two dozen job proposals are currently collecting dust on the majority leader's desk. one after know, the house has passed a budget, small business tax bill, bills to expand domestic energy production, and bills to reduce burdensome job-killing regulations. and despite some saying nothing can get done in an election year, they're not done yet over in the house. i commend my house colleagues for their leadership, energy, and good work. so i have a suggestion. instead of focusing on his political post-it note checklist, the president and senate democrats should show some leadership and work with republicans to move on critical pro-growth bills. these proposals will help provide certainty and provide a much-needed boost to our economy. it would allow businesses to plan for the future and to begin to hire again. common ground can be achieved on these jobs bills and republicans stand ready to work with democrats to get them passed. with there'll 1 nearly 13 millis unemployed and millions more underemployed or giving up looking for work altogether, inaction and political games are really just not acceptable. action is required by this president and this congress now. not after the election or by some future congress or administration. the country's problems are far too pressing. the american people expect us to work together for the good of our country. this year the senate should pass a budget. three years without a budget is completely unacceptable. congress should also move on comprehensive tax reform, a true all-of-the-above energy policy, and the elimination of burdensome regulations that are hurting businesses and hindering job creation. we can't stop there. congress must act swiftly to put forth a plan to deal with the largest tax increase in u.s. history that is only -- only eight months away. these are issues that can't be dealt with overnight. we need to start now. and anyone who says there is no time to get these things done either hasn't been watching the senate floor late lit or does not believe this country is headed toward a fiscal cliff. where are the democratic-led senate and the president? where are they? what are they waiting for? what's the reason for the delay? the president giving another speech loaded with the same old ideas that have failed before is not going to cut it anymore. the president's post-it note checklist is insufficient to handle the challenges we face as a nation and, frankly, it's completely counterproductive. yesterday the majority leader said democrats are willing to make the tough choices. well, we're waiting. we're waiting. and with all due respect, we have a tough time believing our friends across the aisle when the only issues they care about these days are showboats, coordinated with the white house for political gain. so today let's stop the sho showboats that are designed to fail. let's stop the blame games. let's come together and do what the american people expect us to do. as i said yesterday, our offer still stands. we're ready when you are. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. there will now be 60 minutes of debate on the motion to proceed to h.r. 2072 equally divided between the majority leader and the minority leader or their designees, with the majority controlling the first 30 minutes. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington is recognized. ms. cantwell: thank you, mr. president. i rise to speak on the motion to proceed to the passage of the export-import bank legislation that has come over from the house and passed the house with a vote of 330-93, so a pretty resounding vote in favor of moving forward on the ex-im bank, the export-import bank, that is a major tool to financing manufacturing in the united states when they have products to be sold around the globe. we hear the president talk all the time about the fact that we need to increase our exports. well, this is a very important tool that has existed for decades in helping businesses across our country produce product and get sales into overseas markets. so the fact that this legislation passed the house, again, with an overwhelming positive vote -- and i should point out to my colleagues here in the senate, without amendment. it was not amended on the floor. that is, that my colleagues on the house side, both republicans and democrat, worked out such a positive proposal that it went to the house floor without amendment. so now we have the chance to bring it up here and pass this legislation, and i would just urge my colleagues to do so very quickly because this legislation and this authorization for the export-import bank is expiring at the end of this month. so, yes, here we are again at the 11th hour instead of giving predictability and certainty to a very important program, we're down to the last minutes about whether it's going to continue to operate in the normal ways that it does. so i'm here to ask my colleagues to, on the republican side of the aisle to move forward. do like your house colleagues did, agree to the legislation and let's get it our -- get it out of here so that people know across america that this program will continue. mr. president, i toured washington state, who has many, many companies that benefit from the export-import bank. one of them was a company on spokane washington, skafko, one of the largest makers of grain silos in the world. they export these grain silos. they're used in the united states and all over the world. i saw 200 workers there that know firsthand how important it is to get this legislation adopted and moved forward because it means sales of those grain silos all around the world. and they have used this financing mechanism to expand overseas sales to 11 new countries and to make sure that they were continuing to compete on an international basis. if you look at over the last five years, this bank has supported over $64 billion of sales and exports in washington state. and so, yes, some of those jobs are related to aviation. but 83,000 of related jobs in washington state are small businesses, companies like sonoco and moses lake, which is a machine shop. they do repair parts for aircraft for 40 different clients spread across the globe. we were at another company in yakima, music company which, if anybody's heard of manhasset music stands, it's an unbelievable story of a success of a company that has sales of over $1 million to various countries around the globe and people who definitely like the fact that "made in america" means quality and that they have been able to access all of these markets. and we saw in a company in the everett area, esther line, which has built airplane parts and employs over 600 people used this agreement. they build the overhead cockpit part of airplanes, and they sell those to a variety of businesses all around the globe. and so without the financing of the ex-im bank, these companies lose out on an international basis to the financing mechanisms that other countries have, whether that's canada, europe, other places. so this program is very, very successful, and i might add, adds billions of dollars back to the u.s. government. this is not a program that costs us money. this is a program that basically generates revenue back to the federal government. so i just want to say to my colleagues there were several things that were added in the house bill g.a.o. report on evaluating the banks and capital market conditions, making sure that they do an annual report on due diligence and the purpose of the loan, additional requirements by treasury, making sure that we continue to oversee the ex-im bank. lots of language in making sure there is transparency in the ex-im bank financing mechanism. i think this is a good resolution. i applaud my colleagues in the house, representatives hoyer and cantor and boehner, who all worked on this agreement. and i hope that my colleagues will move quickly on it. there's one thing that we know right now. we need to do everything we can to help our economy and to help jobs. the ex-im bank has been a proven job creator in the united states helping u.s. companies compete internationally. it has helped us pay down the deficit in the past. and now all we need to do is give it the certainty that it will continue to operate as of may 31, this year. so let's get on with this business of making sure that we're focusing on the economy and make sure the ex-im bank, we proceed to this measure and pass this as soon as possible. i thank the president, and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from colorado is recognized. mr. udall: before i turn to speaking to the subject of student loans, let me associate myself with the remarks of my colleague, our colleague from the state of washington, senator cantwell. i heard the republican leader talk about progrowth agenda. well, there's nothing more progrowth than exporting american goods and services overseas to the growing markets all over the world. and the ex-im bank has a long record of providing the foundation on which our businesses, small, medium and large, can do just that. let's bring up what the house has passed and move it through this chamber as fast as possible. mr. president, mentioned i want to stand up this morning and speak on behalf of students all across america. in my home state of colorado, students and recent college graduates are literally struggling with a mountain of loan debt. as a mountain climber myself, i understand that mountains can be overcome, but in an economy like this one where recent college graduates are struggling to find work, we need to do everything we possibly can to make college more affordable. that is where we the congress comes in. the interest rate on the federally subsidized stafford loans are set to double on july 1 barring congressional action. we just don't have much time to play political games here before the mountain of debt facing our students begins to grow even higher. student loans play a crucial role in making higher education possible for millions of americans, and for many americans higher education is the gateway to their future careers and a better-paying job. that's a good they think for our families and a good thing for our economy. again, referencing the republican leader's concerns about a progrowth agenda. more specifically, let me talk about what the federally subsidized stafford loans do. they're designed for americans from low- to middle-income families so they too can afford to go to college. at times when students are facing escalating tuition costs and an uncertain job market after graduation, it would be irresponsible for us not to act as soon as possible. but i have to report to you and our colleagues that we're being blocked from doing just that. there's a commonsense proposal before us that would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling but it's being filibustered. all these students want, all the young people we all know is an opportunity to better themselves and contribute to our nation's economic growth. we have a chance to offer them that opportunity, but we've got to end the political games here and get to work. we can't let partisanship stand in the way of a college education for young americans. it just doesn't make sense. certainly out in my state of colorado. coloradoans understand this and they're telling me, as i think they are in the presiding officer's state and states all across the country, just get it done. there's no time left. just get it done. i ask colorado students through my facebook page to contact me with their concerns so that i could share them here on the senate floor. and i wanted to bring their voices directly to the congress so we would all understand better what's at stake in colorado and all over our country, so it might give us additional motivation. i'd like to share a couple of stories here on the floor of the senate. justin espanol is a single mother of two children, enrolled in nursing school after being displaced from her job in the mortgage industry. she enrolled in nursing school so that she could provide for her family and contribute to the workforce. she said -- quote -- "i am just
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-span video library. >> andy coulson served as being too cases director to david cameron. he testified concerning his position with the murdoch's. this portion is about an hour and 10 minutes. inquiry looking into british journalists and politicians. >> thank you. >> the evidence i shall give shobi the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. >> your witness statement is dated the first of may this year. if you looked at the last hurrah of, u will see a signature which is yours. the statement is given in light of the ongoing investigation. is that right? >> yes. >> you started working as a journalist in 1989. is that correct? >> yes. >> you edited a column. in the year 2000, you were deputy editor of "news of the world." in january were appointed and now editor. on the 26th of january, 2007, you regn. in june, we will come to the exact date when you give evidence, you were appointed director of communications to the conservative party. is that right? >> yes. >> you started work in to buy, and after the next general election, you were appointed director of communicat
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